By Jay Silver February 10, 2021
WASHINGTON — Regional transportation officials hope a $2 trillion infrastructure plan proposed by President Joe Biden's administration will provide money to help them realize plans to increase the number of electric buses, ramp up road and bridge repairs and replace aging rail cars.
Biden has laid out a plan to promote clean energy while pushing major infrastructure investment that would create jobs as part of funding major road and highway projects.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday, said during his confirmation hearing that he hopes “to deliver the innovation and the growth that America needs in this area.” Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, said that he looks forward to “working with Secretary Buttigieg and the whole Biden-Harris Administration to make the bold, transformative investments we need to build a clean, competitive economy here in New York’s Capital Region and throughout our nation.”
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